Tomorrow is the opening day of the 14th edition of CPH:DOX, where we will introduce our first ever spring edition, our new festival centre Kunsthal Charlottenborg and of course many exciting films and events! Not only will you be able to lean back and watch films in the Social designer sofa cinema decorated by Normann Copenhagen, but also take part in interactive VR and visit the exhibition Welcome Too Late.
We are kickstarting the festival tonight with the Opening Gala at DR Koncerthuset with the screening of ‘Last Men in Aleppo’ followed by a concert with the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians. You might find it difficult to choose what to see and do, so we will be sending out daily recommendations to help you navigate through our programme!
Here are our recommendations for Thursday March 16.
Politics - Investigation & social activism
Take part of the world premiere of the touching political documentary 'Jaha’s Promise', a strong story about an even stronger woman, who confronts a global taboo: female genital mutilation and forced marriage. Before the screening Tine Fischer, the festival director of CPH:DOX, director Patrick Farrely and Jaha Dukureh will give a short introduction to the film. Her Royal Highness Princess Mary will be attending the screening .
After the screening, Minister Of Equal Opportunities, Karen Ellemann, will give a short speech on the action against FGM (female genital mutilation), and there will be a Q&A on stage with Jaha Dukureh and directors Patrick Farrely and Kate O’Callaghan.
Grand Teater, 16:30. Tickets
All Governments Lie
Alternative facts, echo chambers and fake news? Don't believe the hype! The critical press strikes again.After the screening of ‘All Governments Lie’, there is a debate gathered by føljeton, with Poul Madsen from Ekstra Bladet, and journalist Carsten Jensen and politiker Mogens Lykketoft.
Cinemateket, 16:45. Tickets
Machines x SPACE10
One of the most hypnotic and beautiful documentary films at this years CPH:DOX. For 75 min you work and live as an immigrant worker in a giant textile factory in India. The film is slow, mesmerising and absolutely brilliant, and serves as an important document of the working conditions we allow. Guillaume Charny-Brunet, Chief Innovation Officer at SPACE10, will give a talk on the sustainable production methods of the future.
SPACE10, 19:00. Tickets
Islamist or activist? The Brit Moazzam Begg has been imprisoned for years on suspicion of terrorist sympathies and of being a member of Al-Qaeda. He has since been acquitted of all charges. 'The Confession' is a profound and immensely detailed interview with the clearly intelligent, well-spoken and politically well-informed Begg.
Empire Bio, 22:15. Tickets
Science: Terrence Malick & A.I.
Voyage of Time: Life's Journey + CPH:SCIENCE opening with Eske Willeslev and Kristian Leth in conversation
What is and what isn't science? Eske Willerslev and Kristian Leth's conversations in their joint book 'Historien om det hele' look at the importance of science for our view of the world and man's place in natural history. A topic that is not just relevant at an age when the role of science in society is under pressure, but also now when Terrence Malick's documentary epic 'Voyage of Time' about the history of the universe can finally be seen on the silver screen. In collaboration with the Lundbeckfonden foundation, we are launching our science programme CPH:SCIENCE with the Danish premiere of 'Voyage of Time' in Bremen Theatre, and a conversation with Eske Willerslev and Kristian Leth.
Bremen Teater, 19:00. Tickets.
Machine of Human Dreams
In a joint quest for perfection, computer expert Ben Goertzel Goertzel and his team from their base in Hong Kong to try code a machine, so it can think and act like a human being, having to overcome both personal, professional and technical challenges of the most mundane nature. 'Machine of Human Dreams' has followed the hardships during two years, and gives us a fascinating look at the immense complexity of intelligence – and the idealistic Goertzel's own, intricate brain.
Nordisk Film Dagmar, 12:00. Tickets
Music: Cuban party and punk homage
Give Me Future: Major Lazer in Cuba
In May 2016, half a million Cubans attended Major Lazor's first concert in the country. You read correctly. Without the band knowing the least bit about how many people they should expect, if any, the concert was flooded by roughly one tenth of Cuba's population. But why, exactly, for a concert with a band, whose mastermind, the 'gringo' Diplo, comes from Cuba's historic enemy, the United States? 'Give Me Future' alternates between fast-paced concert footage and an in-depth insight into the Cuban youth, which in spite of tough odds and bad circumstances shows the hard-pumping trio how a true party should be celebrated. The party will continue in Bremen’s foyer with DJs!
Bremen Teater, 21:40. Tickets.
Halshug + Lesion vs. 'The Allins'
We are celebrating the premiere of Sami Saif's film 'The Allins' about the late punk provocateur G.G. Allin and his legacy with a proper portion of punk! After the screening at Grand Teatret, we head over to Pumpehuset, where Danish Lesion and the critically acclaimed Halshug perform hardcore wreckage of the wildest kind. Halshug's debut 'Blodets Bånd' was named the Danish album of the year by the newspaper Ekstra Bladet in 2015, and for the concert at Pumpehuset they have yet another pitch-black album under their studded belts, so you have plenty of opportunities to make the deceased antihero proud.
Grand Teater, 18:45. Tickets
Pumpehuset, 10. Tickets.
Dramas: meet Miss Rosewood & learn about love
The Skyjacker's Tale
After being convicted of murdering eight people in the West Indies, Ishmael Muslim Ali was imprisoned to serve not just one, but eight life sentences, and he is struggling in vain to prove his innocence. On New Year's Eve in 1984 he has enough and takes matters into his own hands – and succeeds in hijacking a plane and heads to Cuba. The story is just as incredible as it is true, and Ali is today one of America's most wanted men.
Nordisk Film Dagmar, 16:30. Tickets
Meet Miss Rosewood! A self-proclaimed transgender terrorist on New York's hardcore performance scene, a walking scandal on high heels, and the only woman in town with enough balls to empty a condom onto the hair of Leonardo DiCaprio. No limits are too sensitive to be transgressed by the fearless missus, who spreads both terror, horror, admiration and bodily fluids left and right in a milieu that is otherwise accustomed to pretty much everything.
Empire Bio, 17:30. Tickets.
lma Har'el is finally back after the trendsetting indie hit 'Bombay Beach' with a film about the greatest of all topics: the mystery of love And about what happens when the mystery vanishes and life's harsh realities emerge. Three love stories make up the kaleidoscopic prism which 'Lovetrue' shines through, backed by a floating soundtrack by the LA artist Flying Lotus.
Empire Bio, 20:00. Tickets.
The Workers Cup at Korsgadehallen
CPH:DOX sets focus on the working conditions in Qatar with an exclusive film screening and soccer match in Korsgadehallen! Thursday the 17th of March the Copenhagen soccer clubs Boldklubben Frem and Brønshøj boldklub will play a unique exhibition game for the workers in Qatar. Experience Adam Sobel’s amazing documentary feature ‘The Worker’s Cup’ that portrays the everyday life of the many migrant workers working in Qatar during the preparation for the FIFA World Cup.
Korsgadehallen, 16:00 Tickets